Bato, Koko reject plan to question VFA termination before Supreme Court
Senators Koko Pimentel and Bato dela Rosa will not support their colleagues’ plan to question before the Supreme Court the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) without Senate concurrence.
Four incumbent senators – Tito Sotto, Frank Drilon, Ping Lacson, and Dick Gordon – and two former senators Pong Biazon and Kit Tatad are set to ask the high court to rule on the abrogation of the VFA between the Philippines and the United States without the Senate concurrence.
Asked whether he will support the plan to question before Supreme Court the VFA termination without the consent from Senate, Dela Rosa said, “No.”
“Because I believe that the power to abrogate a treaty rests on the President and it doesn’t need the concurrence of the Senate. Otherwise, it should have been clearly stated in the Constitution,” Dela Rosa said on Monday.
It can be recalled that President Duterte ordered the termination of the VFA between Manila and Washington after the cancellation of Dela Rosa’s visa.
For his part, Pimentel said, “I cannot join the petition. Di ko pa nabasa ang petition and I still do not know what their legal theory is. There must be a legal basis. [It] should be based on the Constitution, laws, treaties.”
Dela Rosa and Pimentel are close allies of Duterte.